Most documents maintained in the Department of the Secretary of State files are public records subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act, Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Many documents, including filings made with our Corporations Division and Uniform Commercial Code Section, may be viewed on our Web site.We also provide copies of many records upon request and payment of the applicable fee.

Our Notary Public and Securities business lines request social security numbers as part of their business processes.Please note that we while we request this data, we do not make it readily available to the public.

Considering our documents’ public nature, unless required by the Department to process your transaction, PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER on business entity annual reports, Uniform Commercial Code filings or other documents you submit to us.Although we attempt to prevent disclosure of social security numbers in all circumstances, due to the large number of documents we receive and limited resources to process those documents, we cannot guarantee a social security number mistakenly placed on a document filed with us will not be disclosed.